Fancy two weeks’ worth of nappies for free? The Devon Real Nappy Project offers just that. Find your local Cloth Nappy Advisor here recycledevon.org/nappy-advisors-and-retailers. For Exeter based families, ours is the fabulous Jen Harris from Exeter babies.
If you have the slightest bit of interest in reusable nappies, even if you’re pretty sure they’re not for you, still have a go with a free trial kit – you might just surprise yourself. I did. It’s a no strings attached, completely free bucket of reusable nappies for you to take home and have a look, feel and try with for 2 weeks, for free. Click here to read all about our personal experience borrowing the Devon Real Nappy Trial Kit.
We all know the single-use plastic problem. And disposable nappies are a part of that, but for more detail, this blog post from Baba and Boo says it very well.
What to expect from the nappy kit.
The world of reusable nappies can seem like an enigma and difficult code to crack. There’s so much jargon and so many questions: what type, what fabrics, what absorbency, what drying time, that need to be answered to find the best one for you and your lifestyle. And when each nappy is reasonably expensive it’s not something you want to get wrong.
This is where the free nappy trial kit as part of Devon Real Nappy Project comes in.
You get everything you need in order to do cloth nappies 100% of the time, if you want to, or you can take it at your own speed. A nappy bucket full of 12 nappies of different popular brands and types, reusable wipes, liners, wet bags and dry bags and a nappy bucket and net to put all the nappies in while they are waiting to be washed.
How reusable nappies actually work day to day.
We are lucky enough, in Exeter, to have a Reusable nappy guru, Jen Harris. Jen knows everything there is to know and is on hand to answer any questions you might have. She has made a video to explain the different types of nappies, how they are put together and how best to dry them. In each nappy kit there is also a folder of all the info you need to know- it’s as if Jen just knows how our mummy baby brains forget things!
Wash & Dry day
So this is the bit that puts most people off.
When you need to change the nappy, take it off, if there’s poop put it down the toilet (it tends to fall off the disposable or fleece liner pretty easily, definitely no handling needed), then take out the inserts and put all of the nappy into your nappy bucket. If you’re out and about it’s just the same but instead of putting the soiled nappy into the nappy bucket it goes into a waterproof ‘wet’ bag.
When you’ve got a few nappies ready to be washed there are a couple of different ways to wash but the simplest is:
A cold prewash – this rinses out all the wee and ammonia so you are not washing your nappies with smelly water.
Main wash – this can either be 40oC wash (not an eco-program) or a 60oC wash. No softeners etc (please check the individual nappy guidelines)
Dry – line dry more than tumble. Not only will it reduce drying time, but the UV light from the sunlight (even on a cloudy day) will break down any stains and make them disappear. When drying, be sure not to hang anything with the elastic vertical as the weight of the nappy will stretch the elastic, which eventually could cause leaks. Instead, hang the nappies (and the elastic) sideways. Good old Ikea is at help again – the £3 Pressa socktopus is a great buy for drying the liners.
Small steps – reusable wipes.
If you’re not ready to take on reusable nappies, then how about trying reusable wipes? You could even start using them only for wees too. A small step – but one that is completely doable and will save lots of plastic and pounds too.